After listening to MrPickles in Chicago and reevaluating my travel plans, I am back in the Mint game on a limited basis. I have a solid relationship with a bank on the island. I know how much they can take and what day they would like my deposit. After I receive my coins, and put them in circulation ;), I then take the dollars to my bank. The vault has room for only so many and that is respectfully, my limit per week. All those single $1 denominations take up space.
It appears that I can use my credit card for $1000 each ten days. Between Katybug and I, we have 5 SPG cards which corresponds nicely with the vault size.
So on we go. Not nearly as big as many others with more elaborate schemes, but we have always tried to be under the radar and yet benefit from the opportunities in front of us.
We’ll keep you advised of our progress.
Don’t Forget our Veterans
Keith reminded me that McCormick and Schmidt’s is offering a free meal to vets on teh 7th of November and Chili’s is offering lunch on the 14th. I’m not 100% sure it is for Vet’s or active duty, so call ahead for details and the McCormick and Schmidt’s offer suggests calling ahead for reservations.
SOS Diet Update
My last weigh in was October 19th at 269 pounds. That represents a 23 pound loss since my starting date of July 16th.
I have not been hungry, and after making the switch away from sugar, I no longer crave it. Sweets, when I mistakenly put them in my mouth, are as repulsive to me as booze has become. Thank God for that one as well.
IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
The IHG Rewards Club Visa is often cited as one of the most underrated hotel credit cards, with good reason. The official offer is for 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within three months, with the first year’s fee waived. The card comes with an annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property, including Intercontinental hotels - making this certificate worth upwards of 50,000 points. This is far more generous than some other hotel cards, which limit the categories in which free night certificates can be redeemed.
Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49